Thailand Morning News For October 6

Thailand Morning News For October 6

Thailand morning newsConsumer confidence index increases for 2 consecutive months
The Thai consumer confidence index in September 2017 increased for two consecutive months due to a recovering economy. Export and tourism growth were the main factors contributing to the expanding economy.

UTCC unveils IDE Accelerator for entrepreneurs
The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has unveiled a new center to support entrepreneurs and ultimately boost economic growth.
— NBT World (video)

Elections most likely in 2019: PM
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha has told the Thai community during his visit to the United States that the election should take place in 2019, many months later than the junta-appointed legislators had predicted.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Higher economic 2017 growth than expected: 3 expert groups
Kasikorn Research Centre has revised upwards its forecast for the nation’s GDP growth this year to 3.7 per cent from the previous projection of 3.4 per cent.
—The Nation (annoying popups)

Election now likely in May 2019
The general election is now likely to be held in May 2019 at the latest, according to a new timeline confirmed by the president of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Amata, Sweden’s Saab to build aerospace parts plant in Thailand
Thailand’s Amata Corporation Pcl and Sweden’s Saab AB expect to jointly build an aerospace parts plant and a pilot training centre in Thailand next year to tap growing demand in the region, Amata’s chief said on Thursday.
— Reuters

ThaiBev looks to food and abroad for growth after sales dip
Thai Beverage’s (ThaiBev) sales in the nine months to Sept. 30 dropped 6 percent year on year to 142 billion baht ($4.3 billion) because of slow economic growth, CEO Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi told reporters on Thursday.
— Reuters

Red Bull’s affiliated firm plans to move its 3B baht project to a new site, probably in a neighbouring country
The KTD Property Development Company has decided to cancel its plan to build a non-alcoholic drink factory in Khon Kaen’s Ubonrat district and may move its factory to a neighbouring country.
— Thai PBS

Khon Kaen officials blindsided by Red Bull subsidiary’s plant closure
KTD Property Development Co Ltd confirmed yesterday a decision to cancel plans to build and operate a factory manufacturing non-alcoholic beverages in Tambon Ban Dong of Khon Kaen’s Ubolrat district
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Industry Ministry delivers policies to DIW
Thailand’s Minister of Industry has delivered policies to the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) to accelerate development of its agencies for industry 4.0.

Mastercard Global Travel City honour for 2017 goes to Bangkok
Bangkok has confirmed its position as one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations, taking the top spot in the just-released Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.
— TAT News

Government promotes Net Pracharat, in line with Thailand 4.0 agenda
One government development policy is to provide access to the Internet in rural areas, in order for residents to use the technology to improve their daily operations. To find out more about this campaign, which is known as Netpracharat, we join Na-ark Rojanasuvan.
— NBT World (video)

Five suspects arrested in connection with 196 million yen heist
Five men have been arrested for allegedly robbing 196 million yen or 60 million baht in cash belonging to a jewelry trader at the parking lot of a Ratchadipisek condominium on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS

Employer’s staff held in 200m-yen heist
POLICE HAVE arrested five suspects over the robbery of 197.96 million yen (Bt60 million) from employees of a Bangkok jewellery exporter and recovered all of the stolen cash.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Tourism and Sports Ministry forms center to help tourists during royal cremation
Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports has set up a joint administration center, involving both the public and private sectors, to provide adequate accommodation for tourists during His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal cremation ceremonies, to be held from Oct 25-29, 2017.

7-Eleven can keep draught beer pumps, says DDC
American-Japanese convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, which is fast replacing small family-owned stores nationwide, is not breaking the law by offering beer on tap as long as it is poured by cashiers rather than customers, DDC deputy director Asadang Ruayajin said this week.
— Bangkok Post

Latest iPhones to hit Thailand on November 3
Advanced Info Service (AIS) will offer Apple’s latest products starting on November 3, including the new generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, at AIS and authorized Telewiz shops, iStudio, and AIS online.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

The First Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition being held in Bangkok
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is holding the 2017 Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition, which started YESTERDAY and will conclude TODAY, at the United Nations Convention Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok.
— NBT World (video)

Energy Ministry introduces electric tuk-tuk project
The Ministry of Energy has introduced a new project to promote electric tuk-tuks as a part of the country’s energy conservation plan.
— NBT World (video)

Thousands queue to pay last respects to Thailand’s late King Bhumibol
Almost 12 million people, or almost one sixth of Thailand’s population, have visited the glittering Grand Palace in Bangkok to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej since he died last October, the palace said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Thailand to move up on TIP status by next year
The government is taking steps to move Thailand’s status up from a current Tier 2 on the U.S. Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report by next year.
— NBT World (video)

Thai court issues second arrest warrant for fugitive former PM Yingluck
A Thai criminal court has issued a second arrest warrant for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country weeks ago before she was sentenced to jail in absentia, police said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Boat service controls in Chao Phraya river and some klongs on Oct 6, 9,17
The Harbour Department has imposed navigational controls on vessels operating in the Chao Phraya river, Klong Mon, Klong Bangkok Noi and Klong Bangkok Yai on October 6, 9 and 17 during which activities related to the Royal cremation ceremony are to be held.
— Thai PBS

Waste discharge from ethanol factory may render farming impossible in affected areas
A chemistry lecturer at Kasetsart University has expressed concern that the hydrogen sulfide in the untreated wastewater discharged into the environment by an ethanol production factory in Suphan Buri province may contaminate soil in affected areas to the extent that farming will not be possible.
— Thai PBS

Fair chance of weak weather-shifting La Nina pattern in final quarter
A weak La Nina pattern, possibly affecting weather and rainfall over large parts of the world, may develop and cool the Pacific Ocean in the final quarter of this year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday.
— Reuters


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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